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on america. >> get more later on p.m. gm or ♪ in the headlines, developing news, a grizzly discovery, the body of a man and woman found at a livermore home. >> a dramatic end to a police chase in san francisco. two men are under arrest and police are looking for a third after they ditched their vehicle on highway 101. >> here's a live look from emeryville. check out how reduced visibilities are because of fog. we'll talk about the dense fog advisory and how long it will last this morning. >> and if you're getting ready to drive across the bay bridge, there aren't any delays but a lot of thick fog plus an injury crash in the south bay. an update coming up. >> we're getting word this morning that the shooting of congresswoman gabrielle giffords has led detectives to
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investigate death threats to leland zee. investigators are not saying if they uncovered a link. >> just about 4:31 a.m.. be careful out there this morning. as you can see it's quite foggy in spots. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. let's begin with developing you news in livermore where homicide detectives spent all night at a home investigating the discovery of two bodies. the coroner was called to this home on canterbury lane around 7:30. the body of a man and woman were found inside and the case has what detectives say are suspicious circumstances. we know investigators have spent all night at that house but once again not any other details yet. amy holyfield is on the scene gathering more information as we speak and we'll have much more coming up in a live report at 5:00. >> in san francisco the search continues this morning for a suspect who gunned down a 25-year-old man inside a coffee shop in broad daylight. investigators say somebody
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walked up and shot a man at point blank range inside the coffee street on gary street near polk yesterday afternoon. investigators are asking any possible witnesses to step forward. they believe the gunman targeted the victim although it's not clear what led to the shooting. no word on a suspect description. >> things are back to normal at the airport after a security breach. it happened around 8:30 last night but the incident prompted security officials to make everyone leave concourse b so they can be rescreened. this is a look at the crowd on twitter. hundreds of passengers were stranded near the baggage claim area two hours. the woman was detained for questioning and cited and really leased on a misdemeanor charge of violating an airport security checkpoint. >> it's 4:32 now. san francisco police have two men in custody and looking for a
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third this morning. following a pursuit where the suspects abandoned their vehicle on the freeway. it happened around 1:00 this morning. police say a resident reported a suspicious vehicle and possible kidnapping. three men in a white van sped away when officers got to the scene. the chase got on the northbound 101 when the men stopped the van just before the caesar chavez exit. two of the men were captured, a third suspect still on the loose. there's been no word of any kidnap victim. >> leland gee may seek increased protection after detectives discovered he has received death threats for criticizing sarah palin. jenelle wang is live in the news room with details. >> no plans to increase security yet but a staffer for state senator leland yee says he was contacted in arizona earlier this week. the detectives wanted to know about the death threats the
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state senator received last spring when he spoke up about the fees and perks that administrators agreed to give sarah palin to speak at a university fund-raiser. mr. yee was bombarded with death threats. the chp is investigating and saying even though there are rough similarities it doesn't believe there's a connection to yee or the bay area. in arizona another victim will be remembered today. u.s. district court judge john roll. yesterday services were held for the youngest victim nine-year-old christina taylor green. a total of six people were killed and 13 wounded in the shooting massacre outside a tucson safeway store last saturday. congresswoman jackie speier -- congresswoman gabrielle
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giffords was shot in the head. giffords could be out of bed sitting in a chair. a new break in the case, a young man walk by the suspected gunman's home found a black bag. items that appeared to have come from a local wal-mart store. the morning of the shooting last saturday jared loughner went into a wal-mart twice and his father saw him run into the desert with a black bag. >> jenelle, thank you very much. it's 4:35. some san francisco parents are demanding to know how their children ended up eating rat poison. it happened at martin luther king jr. academy in the district yesterday. the students found unmarked pellets containing the poison on top of a classroom cabinet. the youngsters apparently thought it was candy. paramedics rushed seven students to the hospital for observation.
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>> they say it's not toxic to people. >> then why are they in the hospital. if it's not poison, let's have some, you know. >> there are no reports of the kids showing any ill effects. school staffers scoured the campus and found more poison pellets which were immediately removed. >> ucs berkley is laying off employees because of budget cuts. most of the workers will be gone by june. some have already been notified. 130 jobs will be eliminated through retirements and voluntary departures. no faculty positions will be cut. about a quarter of the job targeted have salaries of $100,000 or more. the cuts are expected to save the university about $20 million. >> it is 4:36 now. i would say probably the most visible weather symbol out there right now is what you can't see. >> exactly. >> the fog. >> if you're in a dream-like
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state, it's not just you. >> it's me, too, mike. >> definitely the fog this morning. the thickest fog is actually along the coast. let me get out of the way so you can see the areas in purple this morning from san francisco coast all the way down to the monterey bay. the big sur coast. you can see dense fog advisory until 9:00 with widespread dense fog. visibility less than a quarter mile and residual moisture from yesterday so there's wet roads. probably 10:00 before we see real improvement in those visibilities. let's talk about where it is with everybody else. we have fog, two and a half miles visibility santa rosa and fairfield. i think we'll have flight arrival delays into sfo because of low visibility. temperatures are very, very mild this morning as we talked about because the cloud cover's hanging around. fairfield, antioch and livermore, mid to upper 40s and low to mid-50s for the rest of us. by 8:00 it will be foggy, cloudy. most of our temperatures in the upper 40s to near 50 degrees.
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by noon we're in the mid to upper 50s in most neighborhoods where we'll start to see holes develop in the sunshine and then we'll go partly sunny this afternoon with upper 50s half moon bay and san francisco and then the rest of us in the low to mid-60s by 4:00. let's take a look at your weekend forecast. here it is. saturday and sunday more morning fog giving way to afternoon sunshine. maybe a little warmer tomorrow than sunday as the system passes to our north. the rain will not make it this far south but if you're heading to the north or over to the sierra, you may get extra snow. monday, tuesday and wednesday look to be the warmest days of the forecast and also the brightest. frances, good morning. >> good morning, mike. there's an injury crash in san jose southbound 101 near the capital expressway. emergency crews are there. the right lane is blocked but it's friday, very early morning so traffic getting by okay. apparently the accident took out road signs so caltran will eventually need to fix that. a major connection ramp closed
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in hayward once again. north 880 to westbound 92 will be blocked until 5:00, another 22 minutes. outside no fog here across the san mateo bridge but look out for that very thick fog still across the bay bridge. eric, kristen. >> we'll watch out, thanks. >> going one-on-one. east bay religious leaders launch a major new effort to keep kids away from crime. >> why surfing fans will find it [ female announcer ] this is a strawberry pop tart... and this is a warm, fresh baked strawberry toaster strudel. we asked kids what they want... and we got a clear answer. the one kids want to eat. [ kids ] oooooooooooooh. toaster strudel. the one kids want to eat. [ kids ] oooooooooooooh. than listening there'to our favorite songs. there's nothing we love more than listening to our favorite songs. but our favorite thing is eating totino's pizza rolls. but our favorite thing is eating totino's pizza rolls. ♪ we're the kids in america ♪ oh, oh, oh
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good morning. friday, 4:41. let's take a live look outside at the fog throughout. this is emeryville, i-80 there. not too bad in this area but visibility poor in other spots. mike said you can expect the conditions to last until early morning, definitely through the morning commute. he's going to check out our long weekend forecast and also talk to frances about whether the fog is affecting any bridge traffic or elsewhere this morning all
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coming up. >> fans of big wave surfing will find it more difficult to get a firsthand look at the mavericks this year. they announced that spectators won't be able to crowd the beaches and bluffs as they've done in previous years. last year 13 spectators were hurt when a wave crashed on to a crowded viewing spot set up on the beach. organizers say the best way to watch the event is live streaming on the internet. >> religious leaders and youth groups in richmond have kicked off a new program to keep kids in school and away from crime by establishing relationships with mentors. vic lee has the story. >> almost a quarter of students in the west contra costa unified school district drop out. >> with a mentoring program, 90% of them do not drop out. >> this was the vision at the
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bethlehem missionary baptist church to recruit mentors for youngsters in richmond. it's part of a larger program to stem the cycle of violence in the city. tonight's kickoff by adults and youth groups was meant to coincide with events around martin luther king day. eight-year-old jason hill memorized the civil right's leader's speech. >> they not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. >> there were testimonials from mentors and those who benefited. >> the biggest part we can have and share with the youth is to genuinely, genuinely give 'em our heart. >> having a mentor will show us how to be very young ladies and better in school and having somebody to come to to talkto. >> my mentors always let me know i could depend on them. >> we honor the dream of dr. martin luther king jr.
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we connect vision, field young people with dream-filled adults. >> plenty of dream-filled mentors stood up to volunteer, then they filled out commit cards. vic lee, abc 7 news. >> it's 4:44. coming up postal rates are going up but it may not be such bad news for everybody. >> also the life-saving training disguised as a game of cat and mouse. >> plus the san francisco giants may be going from underdogs to tv stars. >> and what's your sign? why a group of astronomers say it's time to change the mary! hey! wow, you look great! thanks! it's this new wish yourself thin program. i just wish it and it happens. it's probably those fiber one bars you're eating. i know they help me stick to my diet. the bars are 90 calories and the fiber helps you feel full. 90 calories and high fiber. so that's why this diet thing is working. but it's weird because my wish for lorenzo came true.
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welcome back. 4:46 on this friday. the arctic air mass is modified but still rather cool in most areas with 40 degree highs denver, dallas, new orleans, atlanta and the great lakes new england, still 20s and 30s for highs. look at phoenix, 73. portland mid-50s there.
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take a look at the radar, the satellite. you can see snow heading to minneapolis. delays getting out of new washing and delays in san francisco. go to and look at our flight tracker. >> mike, thank you very much. it's 4:47 now. postage rates are going up but most people won't feel the pinch. the rates will go up in april but the cost of sending a basic letter will remain the same. the 44 cent price of a first class stamp will stay unchanged but heavier letters will cost more. each additional ounce will cost another 20 cents. there will be increaseless in the price of other mail, including periodicals and national letters, parcels and advertising mail. >> it's going to be tougher to get into stanford. not because the school's upping its already high standards but because so many more students are trying to get in. stanford has received a record
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number of applications for those who aspire to be stanford freshmen. 7% more students than last year. guess how many will be admitted? just 7% between 23 and 2400 applicants. >> if you ever see an injured animal when you want to help but don't know what to do, there's a new resource. it's a class taught by a couple that's already made a mark in helping wildlife in the bay area. karina rusk reports on a one of a kind training program. >> what looks like child's play at the beach is actually a live-saving exercise. robot duck is a unique training tool for people learning the fine art of wildlife search and rescue. >> on the beach, for instance, when we're going after a marine animal, their exit is going to be the water. >> rebecca damitrik and her husband run the nonprofit wild rescue. they even have their own animal ambulance.
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you may remember their efforts last month helped save two of those seagulls found with beer cans intentionally put around their necks and they often take their skills beyond the bay area. wild rescue spent months in louisiana following the b.p. oil spill and even travelled internationally sharing their training and techniques. this month the couple launches a new series of classesto recrew volunteers to learn how to spot injured wildlife and get it the help it needs. >> i can't imagine watching something suffer needlessly when just a little skill and some patience can really make a difference in animals well-being. >> catching rowboat duck is the training and gang the knowledge needed to be the field troops, a rescue group operating with government permits. >> we're not looking for wildlife to catch 'em and catch 'em. we want to teach you the skills so you can be a professional at it and help your communities and
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wildlife. >> can't get enough of the san francisco giants? maybe you can turn into showtime. the cable network is in talks to do a series of documentaries on the champs. similar to hbo's nfl series hard knocks. it has tapped mike toland to produce. if the show happens, expect to see a lot of brian wilson, aubrey huff and, of course, right there, tim lincecum. i don't know, pocze will get a lot of shots, too. ladies and the kids all love him. >> kids may be the problem. i watched hard knocks and got a big kick out of it but the language is something you may not want your kids to be involved with. >> just the moms want to see buster pollsy. >> he's a southern boy.
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>> all right. wait until somebody bounces one up there and hits him on the tip of the finger. you'll hear it! >> let's talk about what's going on outside. speaking of the tip of the finger, it might be hard to see that in parts of the bay area because of the thick fog. sfo, expecting flight arrival delays. when they let us know, i will let you know. that's usually about an hour from now but i would just bank on it happening. let's talk temperatures. very, very mild this morning. i mean, around the bay shore, the north bay and out to the coast, we're within i'd say 5 or 6 degrees of our average highs because we're in the low to mid-50s. 40s fairfield, on yock and livermore. that's where the clouds open a little. that is filling in with fog as we talked about yesterday. mid to upper 40s most of the monterey bay and inland. watsonville we have 50 and the fog is thicker here. a lot of visibilities less than a quarter of a mile around the monterey bay. for this afternoon, mild with temperatures in the 60s and some
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sunny spots will develop through this fog. for fog tonight and that will keep temperatures mild. drier afternoon and warmer weather next week, not that this weekend is all that bad, either. temperatures low to mid-60s in the east bay valleys. low 60s mainly along the bay shore. especially the east bay shore but fremont could be a little warmer at 63 degrees. low 60s around the south bay. could reach 63 los gatos. on the peninsula, 59 millbrae. low 60s elsewhere. upper 50s along the coast. 59 downtown. the 60s south san francisco. low to mid-60s through the north bay valleys with your beaches in the upper 50s and monterey bay and inland we should have low to mid-60s with 65 gilroy and salinas being some of the warmer weather. around the state today, temperatures in the mid-50s in fresno. you see a little fog developing there. more sunshine for sacramento and chico. 50 tahoe and yosemite with
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sunshine. 61 big sur. look at l.a. 80 degrees today, palm springs 74 and san diego about 61. bring it home for tonight and the fog will be widespread once again. 40 fairfield, the cool spot. mid-40s throughout the inland valleys with mid to upper 40s through the bay shore and out to the coast. we're watching these two dominant areas of high pressure that found a friend. now there's three of them. that keeps a dry pattern that will hold through the weekend. this system may move across northern california. i think we'll mills out on the rain. once it passes, that high pressure returns and it's even stronger for next week. that's why temperatures could hit the mid-60s just about everywhere. mondays and tuesday and wednesday and low to mid-60s on thursday. have a great weekend! here's frances. >> hey, mike. good morning, everyone. we know there's thick fog across the bay bridge. we're starting to see some fog as well with this live shot for drivers heading across the golden gate bridge out of marin
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county. look out for that. not terrible in this shot. you see bridge crews heading there changing the lane configuration in the lower corner of your screen. we'll check out 101 in millbrae. if you are heading towards sfo, you won't have trouble on 101 but as mike mentioned, flight arrival delays are expected with the low cloud ceilings. we'll head to the south bay and show you the 280 and 17 interchange. all is clear here however there is that injury crash in san jose southbound at the capital expressway. a new stall motorcycle reported in antioch area near summersville. get traffic whenever you want it by going to our website it's under the bay area traffic link. kristen? >> frances, thanks a lot. oakland city councilman dilafente will not be charged with driving under the influence. he failed a so bright test in the field. the alameda county district attorney's office says there's not enough evidence to show his
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alcohol level was above the legal limit. the d.a. has not released details about the arrest. >> golden gate bridge officials are deciding whether to appeal a federal court ruling that allows small protests to take place on the span. a federal judge in san francisco ruled the bridge district violates rights by banning bullhorns and hand-held signs. the bridge district argued that the protests distracted drivers and may cause a nuisance. >> more than 500 richmond elementary school students will take to the streets monday to celebrate the birthday of dr. martin luther king jr. the children will be out for the 4th annual peace march. it will kick off at florida street in the heart of richmond's iron triangle district. congressman george miller will join the marchers in an effort to promote peace in their
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neighborhoods. the richmond mayor will also be there. >> a lot interested in astrology may go through an identity crisis announcing maybe a 13th sign should be added to the zodiac charts. it's the constellation ofukus. it's causing quite a stir. planetarium officials say it's always been there so nothing has changed but some astrologists say if they want to add a 13th sign they may have to remap the way they do astrology. they say it represents wisdom, healing and architecture. you may have to check again when someone says what's your sign? you say ofukus? >> i don't know if a lot of people want to switch. next at 5:00, the welcome news thousands of parents who count on the state to help provide child care will get today.
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>> an elderly couple was found dead inside their livermore home. i'm amy holyfield. i'll have the details coming up. >> a south bay community comes together to pay tribute to the victims of the tucson shooting rampage.
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♪ i'm amy holyfield. live in livermore where police are investigating the city's first murder in more than a year. >> i'm terry mcsweeney live in san francisco. the national parks service has a


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